Fans have already gotten their money’s worth this week at the 50th Anniversary Dixie Youth World Series with great, down-to-the-wire baseball. So today, they should be able to earn stock options.
Six teams, three in each age group (9-10s and 11-12s), will battle it out today for the right to be called national champions.
In the AAA division, Tennessee (Savannah), South Carolina (Midland) and Alabama (Troy American) are all sitting with one loss in the double-elimination tournament.
Going into Friday night’s semifinal, Tennessee was the only team without a loss. South Carolina changed that with an 8-4 win, creating a three-way draw.
Troy beat Auburn, 4-3, Friday, eliminating the host team from the World Series.
Troy then earned the bye in a meeting of head coaches after the final game Friday, putting them through to today’s 5:30 p.m. championship.
South Carolina will play Tennessee again at 10 this morning to determine who will face the Alabama state champs this afternoon for the title.
In the Majors’ tournament, there are also three teams with one loss.
Georgia (Lee County), the only team going into Friday night’s semifinals without a loss, fell to Tennessee (Wayne County), 2-1, which puts both those teams and Auburn War Eagle into day’s final round.
Auburn beat South Carolina (Chapin), 6-2, Friday night to advance from the losers’ bracket into the championships.
Georgia earned the bye into the final game at 8 tonight, while Auburn and Tennessee will play at 1 p.m. today for the right to play Georgia.
All games will be played on Field 9 at Duck Samford Baseball Complex in Auburn.